All Rains ISD classes have been cancelled Dec. 2, 2022, to allow for gas line repairs. Friday will be the third day potential gas issues have been addressed at high school, and the second day classes have been dismissed for secondary students, according to notices from RISD Superintendent Jennifer Johnson.
Wednesday morning, Johnson sent notices to parents and guardians notifying that professionals had been called in due to a gas smell at the high school before classes started for the day. The lead RISD administrator reported no gas leak was found, but Atmos was brought in to thoroughly examine pressure in all natural gas lines in the building.
“I want to assure you that all students and staff on the campus are safe and we have taken appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the building. The safety and security of our students and staff is always a top priority,” Johnson stated in the notice sent out the morning of Nov. 30, 2022..
Around 5:45 p.m. Nov. 30, Johnson reported more testing of gas lines was needed at the nigh school campus, including in classrooms. Thus, classes were cancelled at Rains High School on Dec. 1, 2022. School continued as usual on all other campuses Thursday, however.
At about 4:45 p.m. Dec. 1, Johnson sent out a notice to families notifying them that school will be closed on all campuses on Friday as part of the district’s ongoing efforts to “to fix the issues in the gas lines.” While students won’t report for class Dec. 2, all extracurricular activities and UIL events are still scheduled to take place Friday at RISD, according to Johnson.